15 items from 2009
Yesterday morning we brought you first word on Some Guy Who Kills People, a new film being executive produced by horror legend John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). Today we exclusively learned that Jack Perez (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Wild Things 2) will be getting behind the camera to bring Ryan Levin's ("Scrubs", I'm In The Band, The Fifth -- a short film that screened at over 60 film festivals worldwide, winning Best Short Film at Fantasia Fest, Fantastic Fest, Dead by Dawn and Dragon*Con) screenplay to life. In addition, we got more details, which sound pretty kickass: "The film is a horror-comedy about a lonely, small-town loser who sets out to kill each of the men he deems responsible for his miserable life." Shooting begins mid-January. Michael Wormser & Micah Goldman (Penance, Fox pilot "Tease") and Ryan Levin all produce. »
omedy is still the king genre of web video. And fittingly there are dozens of sites vying to be the web's go-to hubs for comedy—Funny or Die, Atom.com, My Damn Channel, Comedy.com—but that doesn't mean the broader web series hubs aren't up for some jocularity of their own. Sony's Crackle.com has had its share of original comedies over the past year, most recently bowing Jon Heder led Woke Up Dead, not to mention earlier jabs like David Faustino's Star-ving. But in an effort to bolster their comedy wares, Crackle rolled out its latest push today with the launch of a video slate dubbed "Last Call for Comedy." The package contains just two new original web series—Decisions, Decisions and So On and So Forth—alongside the online debut of the first two seasons of TBS comedy 10 Items or Less and some cult comedy films »
- Marc Hustvedt
Want to talk about an unlikely trio to get together to make a film? Try this one on for size ... a writer who's penned an episode of a medical TV comedy, a director who's straight out of The Asylum, and a prolific genre director now serving as producer on a film with a title so wacky you can't help but want to see it. Interested yet? We are.
John Landis will be producing the new flick, Some Guy Who Kills People, about a quiet town that is uprooted by a series of murders committed by someone bent on revenge.
While details are pretty lean right now other than that the film is casting for a January shoot, Shock Till You Drop has learned that handling the writing duties will be Ryan Levin, who directed a short film called Tour de Fright and penned an episode of "Scrubs", and in the »
- Uncle Creepy
Production begins early next year on Some Guy Who Kills People and the trio behind this one is eclectic. On writing duties is Ryan Levin, who directed a short film called Tour de Fright and penned an episode of Scrubs (on which he served as a P.A.). Then you've got Jack Perez in the director's chair. He gave us Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Wild Things 2 . On top of it all, there's John Landis ( An American Werewolf in London ) producing. What's it about? A quiet town is uprooted by a series of murders committed by someone bent on revenge. Sounds rather standard, but the title hints at a film with possible bite to it. Fingers crossed. »
Fango has learned that Infestation, the killer-bug movie from writer/director Kyle Rankin (of Project Greenlight and the highly regarded Hellholes quartet of Atomfilms on-line shorts) will have its premiere this summer on the Sci Fi Channel (to be redubbed Syfy as of next month). In fact, a whole slew of debut dates for assorted Sci Fi/Syfy flicks have come to our attention, guaranteeing a fun summer for creature-feature fans.
Infestation, in which a young man (Chris Marquette) wakes up in his office to find the world overrun by oversized insects and joins a small group of survivors to defeat the invaders, airs Saturday, August 8 at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. For more on the movie, check out its official website here. More creepy-crawlers emerge in Sand Serpents, directed by Paranoia 1.0’s Jeff Renfroe, in which U.S. soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan come up against an even »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Gingold)
Written and directed by Ace Hannah
2009 The Asylum
I don’t care what anyone says; Megashark vs. Giant Octopus is the best movie ever. Ever. Not only does it star 80’s teen pop sensation Deborah “Debbie” Gibson and rugged greasy heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas, it features Scary Stud of the month Mark Hengst and cutie pie Stephen Blackehart. But not only that – it’s about a giant octopus versus a mega shark. If you understand everything I just wrote I don’t know how you could argue with me...
Take into consideration also that you get to see a giant computer shark jump out of the ocean and catch an airplane in its jaws! Aforementioned shark also bites in half the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (I hate San Francisco!) The Octopus does stuff too, like destroy submarines and have big eyes. »
Anticipation has been building for The Asylum’s DVD release next week of Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, ever since the trailer started working its way around the web (you can check it out at the bottom of this page). Writer/director Jack Perez got in touch with some exclusive comments and behind-the-scenes photos from the movie, which pits Lorenzo Lamas and former ’80s singing sensation Deborah Gibson (in first photo with Perez) against the pair of monstrous denizens of the deep…
No one’s more surprised than me about the Internet hype surrounding Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus. Hopefully it’s because the trailer is so jaw-dropping in its ridiculousness. If that’s the case, right on—’cause the picture’s ridiculous by design. When the producers presented me with the title of the project, I knew I really didn’t have a choice. I mean, it’s not even Fin Vs. »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
This review is from Zacery Nova a sixteen year old website designer and writer protege who received a screener copy of "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus." To coincide with todays release of "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus," Zacery shares some of his experiences from the screening, which stars Mikos Zavros, Lorenzo Lamas, and Sean Lawlor. Please note some of the original text has been edited. For a full unedited edition of the review and a look at Zacery Nova's horror blog visit the link after the review. For now enjoy the highlights of this creature feature review that finds similarities with the hit show "CSI: Miami," and talks of the reappearance of Debbie Gibson on screen in her role as Emma MacNeil.
Director: Jack Perez
Writer: Jack Perez.
"Imagine, if you will, that the people behind "CSI: Miami," decided to film a low-budget creature feature in the style of old. »
- Michael Ross Allen
What happens when you combine a super gigantic shark with an even bigger pre-historic octopus? You get one heck of a b-movie achievement! Mix in a little Deborah (Debbi) Gibson and Lorenzo (Snake Eater) Lamas and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus has the potential to blow your pants off (which could be embarrassing if you went “commando”)! Wild Things 2 director, Jack Perez returns once more to the director’s chair to work his “cinema magic” with some monsters from the deep blue sea.
The plot is kept simple: a big ass shark and a big ass octopus are discovered off the coast of California and all hell breaks loose. When humans fail to fend off the attacking beasts, we try to turn them on each other. Honestly, will anyone watching this film really care about the plot? It’s doubtful; we just want to see big things getting destroyed by even bigger things. »
- Paul Young
Hey, Paulington! Is a new Cinephile advice column that looks at life, love, and the movies. Anyone can send in a question, and Paulington will answer it. Sure, it's a really cryptic, cliched concept that has been around since the dawn of time. But we're going to spice it up a little bit. Topics can range from anything: Sex, violence, haints and taints, your favorite movie! Paulington doesn't care. He's basically doing it for a paycheck. He's not really an expert on anything. But he sure does know a lot about movies and human nature. You can send your questions to (as in, click on the giant red letters and you will automatically be sent to his email):
And he will be sure to answer all of them in a very timely manner. Here are this week's letters. Enjoy!
I saw you recently interviewed Christian Bale »
Ok, this is a straight-to-video film and yes, it looks - by any conventional standard - completely dreadful. But Mega-Shark Vs Giant Octopus also looks so utterly bonkers that it might just prove hilarious, in the same way that Empire forum favourite Shark Attack 3 is dreadful but entertaining.The plot sees a gigantic shark and equally ma-hoooo-sive octopus frozen for 10 million years while locked in mortal combat, only to be reawoken in our time and cause havoc with modern shipping and indeed air travel up and down the coast of California.The film stars Debbie Deborah Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas, and is written and directed by Jack Perez. It all comes from The Asylum, the same studio that brought us I Am Omega and Street Racer. So you know it's good. And hey, any film where a gigantic shark jumps 35,000 feet in the air has got to be worth watching - right? »
Ten million years ago, they were engaged in a battle for supremacy of the ocean, before something happened and they got, er, frozen or something. Now, thanks to global warming, climate change, a military experiment gone awry, or one of those things, they’ve been thawed out (after ten million years!) and free to roam the ocean once again. The only people who can stop them are ’80s pop singer Deborah “Don’t call me Debbie” Gibson and Lorenzo “Please, someone, a job, any job!” Lamas. God help us. “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus” is brought to you by writer/director Jack Perez and the people at The Asylum, makers of movies that not-so-subtly apes big-name Hollywood movies. I’m not sure which big movie they’re aping with “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus”, but it sure has gotten a lot of attention on these here Internets. Then again, it »
Some movies are just too good to be true. Others are too true to be good. And this next film from Jack Perez (Wild Things 2, 666: The Child) is a little bit of both. On one hand, the director has successfully brought back Lorenzo Lamas and somehow-still-hot Debbie Gibson. And on the other, he has bypassed their obvious direct-to-dvd sales pull and decided to go for the gusto with a giant CGI shark and a giant CGI octopus who not only wreak havoc on humanity, they fight each other. Its ridiculous, it looks painfully awesome and I can't wait to see it when it hits DVD on May 26, 2009. The first trailer for Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is out courtesy of the folks at MTV. You can check it out there in High Definition, or you can just enjoy it below. Your thoughts? »
- Neil Miller
The Sundance Film Festival is officially in full swing and big names flocked to Park City to promote their movies. Ben Affleck stopped on his way to DC for "Reporter," which he serves as executive producer. Jim Carrey had his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy to help support his role where Ewan McGregor is his boyfriend in I Love You Philip Morris. Ashton was there to promote his gigolo film, Spread, with his loyal wife Demi by his side. Funny ladies Amy Poehler, Parker Posey and Rachel Dratch posed for a portrait picture, which is a lot more tame than their film Spring Breakdown. Festival favorites like Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell all showed off their films while Paris Hilton made sure to hit all the parties. Mariah continues to look elated in every photo with Nick but her movie "Push" is apparently pretty dramatic. Even Anna Wintour hit the »
With 3D being the latest cinematic craze it only figures The Asylum would get in on the act and, let's face it, we all knew sooner of later we'd have to deal with the possibility of Lorenzo Lamas projecting himself out of our television sets right into our living room. We'll get both and a former 80's teen pop sensation too in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. May God have mercy on our souls.
Filming has just begun on Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, a non-mockbuster blockbuster from our friends at The Asylum that's being shot in 3-D. The writer-director of this epic 3-D smackdown between macro-sized undersea predators is Ace Hannah Aka Jack Perez, the maker of MTV's Monster Island and The Asylum's 666: The Child. Not sure why he's using the "Ace Hannah" moniker but I am sure "Ace Hannah" sounds like it should be the name of Lorenzo Lamas' character. »
15 items from 2009
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